Deck Plan

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A Deck Plan is a schematic or blueprint of a sophontic object, typically a ship, smallcraft, or vehicle.

Library Data Referral Tree[edit]

Please see the following AAB Library Data articles for more information:
Manufacturing Technology of Charted Space - Ship Design:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The creation of starship deck plans is based on the assumption that one ton of mass displacement equals fourteen cubic meters. The standard displacement ton used for these calculations is derived from the volume of liquid hydrogen, the fuel source for most standard star faring vessels.[1]

The square grid scale used on most deck plans is 1.5 meters on a side. Clearance between decks is normally 3 meters. This means that two floor squares, extended floor to ceiling, equals four 1.5 meter cubes or nearly 14 cubic meters (1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 x 4 = 13.5 cubic meters), or one ton. A 100 dton starship would thus contain approximately two hundred grid squares within.[2]

Allowances of approximately + or - 10% were made in most areas to allow for better representation of specific parts of the ship and to cover various anomalies. For example, crew quarters call for four tons per sophont: the actual tonnage allocated on many plans is often less than that, but additional area is devoted to communal areas such as galley, mess, wardroom, and recreation areas.[3]

Also, a limited volume of passages has been added to some starships. Passages and access ways which have no other use may be safely added to a ship without affecting volume or displacement for construction purposes. These additional passages should amount to no more than an additional 10% of the ship's total volume.[4]

Image Repository[edit]

Deck Plan Symbols
Late Key Diagram Early Key Diagram
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Interior Details[edit]

Interior Details: The specific interior fittings for ships are fairly standardized, and are shown on the deck plan symbols chart and on many of the individual ship plans as well:[5]

  1. Airlock
  2. Bulkhead Wall AKA Bulkhead
  3. Cargo Hold
    1. Cargo Container
    2. Modular Cargo Container
  4. Fuel Scoop
  5. Hardpoint AKA Ship's Hardpoint
  6. Hatchway
  7. Hull
  8. Interior Wall
  9. Iris Valve
  10. Landing Gear
  11. Lift Shaft
  12. Maintenance Hatch
  13. Manual Hatch
  14. Refrigerated Hold
  15. Secret Cargo Hold
  16. Ship Environmental Control
  17. Ship Life Support
  18. Sliding Door
  19. Standard Door
  20. Viewport

Interior Fittings[edit]

The plans show various furnishings and fittings which appear within the ship:[6]

  1. Common Room
  2. Emergency Locker
  3. Fresher
  4. Galley
  5. Grav Plate
  6. Head
  7. Hydroponics
  8. Inertial Compensator
  9. Lab Space
  10. Life Support
  11. Low Berth AKA Cryo Capsule (Cold Sleep)
  12. Mail Vault
  13. Mess
  14. Ordinance Locker
  15. Secure Locker
  16. Ship Furnishing
  17. Ship's Locker
  18. Ship's Magazine
  19. Ship Module
  20. Sick Bay
  21. Spin Habitat
  22. Stateroom

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Deck plans, blueprints, engineering schematics... they are all part of successful engineering design and documentation practices. Every successful and technically competent sophont society uses them. And naval architects use them extensively. The Travellers' Naval Architecture Society mandates the use of deck plans throughout Charted Space and is the dominant regulatory body for space and starship architecture across polities, sophont species, and the greater, shared interstellar civilization. [7]

Horizontal vs. Vertical Deck Plans[edit]

In space, the only "up" is towards the direction of travel while the "up" in a gravity well is to center mass. This has long been a consideration within schools of naval architecture. Ships dedicated to space travel tend to orient towards the direction of travel until the development of the grav plate. Aircraft, Interface Craft or Spaceplanes, and those spacecraft needing to make planetary landings tend to orient horizontally. Its cheaper to orient vertically towards the direction of travel, even with grav plate technology... The culture of Charted Space tends to build craft with horizontally oriented designs, but does it have to be that way? [8]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 3.
  2. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 3.
  3. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 3.
  4. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 4.
  5. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 4.
  6. Jordan Weisman. "Book 2." Adventure Class Ships Volume 1 (1982): 5.
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  8. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak